Veterans' Quality of Life Study - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
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Veterans' Quality of Life Study


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Study Characteristics


To describe the health status of Veterans receiving care in a single Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), Upper Midwest Health Care Network - VISN 13

Era of Service



Veterans in the former VISN 13 who had at least one inpatient or outpatient encounter between 10/1/1997 and 3/31/1998 (VISN 13 merged with VISN 14 to create VISN 23: Midwest)

Study Design

Cross-sectional survey with prospective follow-up

Time Period



Former Upper Midwest VISN 13, comprised of five inpatient facilities and associated outpatient clinics


40,508 participants

Response Rate

58% (of 70,334 surveys mailed)

Recruitment Method

Eligible Veterans were identified from administrative data files of respective medical facilities. The questionnaire and cover letter were mailed in August 1998. Duplicate questionnaires were remailed if no response had been received after 10 weeks.


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Data Collected

  • Health-related quality of life (HRQoL)
  • Level of function for basic activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating, getting in or out of chairs, walking, and toileting)
  • Sociodemographic characteristics (sex, education level, race, ethnicity)
  • Health-related behaviors (current use of cigarettes)
  • Health conditions (e.g., lung disorders, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, arthritis, depression, and heart disease)

Data Collection Methods 

Four-page, computer-scored self-administered questionnaire sent by mail

Funding Source

VA Upper Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 13)



Selected Publication

Singh JA, Borowsky SJ, Nugent S, Murdoch M, Zhao Y, Nelson DB, Petzel R, Nichol KL. Health-Related Quality of Life, Functional Impairment, and Healthcare Utilization by Veterans: Veterans' Quality of Life Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Jan;53(1):108-13.

Singh, Jasvinder A, Accuracy of Veterans Affairs Databases for Daignoses of Chronic Diseases. Preventing Chronic Disease, Oct 2009;6(6): A126.

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